Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux, creator of Altitude 450, was founded in 1924. As was the custom, they used mainly the same grapes as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, with one exception. Instead of mostly Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, they used mostly Carignan. It was tradition, but not a good one. Carignan is definitely inferior to the others.
So they did something that bordered on heresy: they stopped using it. And everything changed. The wines they produced were other-worldly, and this may be the best one yet.
This gem is a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. If someone presented this to me as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, I wouldn't blink. If they told me it was under $25, I would think they had lost all sense of reality.
To say this wine is a revelation is to put it mildly. It is the best Ventoux I've ever tasted. It has everything its neighbor to the west has except the big price tag.
Here is mesmerizing, enthralling and beguiling Grenache at its spiciest and best. All the cranberry, spiced apple and cherry with licorice and white pepper work together in a dizzying display of delight.
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